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Written by Cheryl
(3/30/2003 7:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I feel as if JA was parodying her own novels., penned by Clementa
] NA is a parody of the Gothic, but also of the own style of the author. At last it is how I feel it:-) Jane Austen's novels were "classic" in a sort of way: marriages, social conventions, fashion etc etc. NA is aparody of all this. Just look at "S&S", by exemple, and you'll see clearly the NA is JA's parody of her own novels.
Do you think so? I see Northanger Abbey as a bridge from her juvenalia to her more mature works. It was written before S&S,P&P, et al, so it could not be a true parody of her own work.
The tone of the work and the narrator's voice are very similar to that of the juvenalia, and she could have been lampooning her own early work - though much of the juvenalia also reads like parody.
I wonder how much this fact played into her decision to not publish NA? The tone is so very different from her own already published work, that perhaps she felt the book was not only dated as to the gothic style she poked fun at, but also did not accurately reflect her own now well-established writing style?
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